BREAKING: In a preemptive six-figure three-book deal, up and coming screenwriter Jonathan W. Stokes makes his novel debut on Addison Cooke And The Treasure Of The Incas. The adventure story, sold on a proposal to Penguin imprint Philomel Books, has a globe-trotting Goonies vibe and follows a sixth-grader and his pals as he tries to save his archaeologist parents after they’ve been kidnapped by fortune hunters. Philomel president Michael Green will edit the novels, the first of which will be published in 2015. The others will follow a year later.
The last three scripts Stokes wrote made the 2011 and 2012 Black Lists. They are Blood Mountain, which is being financed independently by Derby Street Films and Movie Package Co. with Lawrence Bender producing and Sergei Bodrov attached to direct, and Stokes executive producing; Murders & Acquisitions, which is set up at Warner Bros. with Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg producing; and Border Country. He most recently wrote on assignment for The Combine, a western Jeremy Renner will star in and produce, as well as an action/thriller vehicle for Jaden Smith at Overbrook. Stokes, who also scripted El Gringo, is repped by UTA, manager Scott Carr, attorney Gregg Gellman, and book agent Brianne Johnson of Writers House.